Paris Fashion Week’s Major Moments: Spring-Summer 2024 Shows

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Paris Fashion Week’s Major Moments: Spring-Summer 2024 Shows

It’s that season again – fashion season!

Paris Fashion Week took the City of Light by storm this past week, and celebrities flocked to Paris to get in on the action. Fan-favorite Louis Vuitton, for instance, welcomed stars like Zendaya and Ana de Armas at the runway show.

Here are some other notable guests and noteworthy moments from a handful of the Spring 2024 Paris Fashion Week shows that caught our eye.

Dior

Creative director of Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, stunned with her latest collection, which was full of black fabrics, black lace, bold gold jewelry, and black blazers. Overall, the collection felt much more like autumn and winter than spring, save for some cream-colored frilly dresses that hit the seasonal mark. Chiuri is a creative director who takes risks and doesn’t fit a specific mold, so it makes perfect sense that we’d see this kind of collection from her.

As the models presented the latest looks, a bold Barbie-pink and yellow-lettered artwork spelled out “NOT HER” as the backdrop for the runway. It was created by visual artist Elena Bellantoni and was intended to, Dior writes, “encapsulate the expression of unconventional womanhood.” The art and the clothing collection did just that, as it presented more masculine looks on the models, like blazers, and more. Vogue called the collection “Parisian neo-grunge,” and it’s a perfect turn of phrase for what was delivered by the famous house: grungy, dark, new, and very Parisian indeed.

 

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Louis Vuitton

In contrast to Dior, Louis Vuitton very much got the memo that a spring show should have some spring-y and bright colors! At the star-studded Vuitton show – which included celebrities like Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett and tennis champion Venus Williams – there were spring-like ballet pinks, bright poppy reds, bold sky blues, and lots of colorful striped patterns. Vuitton also went a bit Bridgerton; the Netflix hit is largely responsible for popularizing the corset look, and there were a few corsets on the runway that looked more fit for a Parisian nightclub than a Regency-era ball.

Big, bold, satin jackets felt reminiscent of 1980s movies with over-the-top shoulder pads, and all the stripes and color blocking were fun and fancy-free, though sometimes bordering on feeling like a circus costume. Of course, there were enviable purses in varying sizes, and in fun colors, like bright taffy orange. Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière, who’s been with the house since 2013, brought a very fun and lively show to life with this latest collection, which debuted at 103 avenue des Champs-Élysées.

 

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Valentino

Valentino did not disappoint with its stunning, dazzling Paris show, hosted at Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts in the 6th. The show was both indoors and outdoors, as models walked from outside in and back again. It was a bouquet of bright Valentino reds, angelic whites, dramatic blacks, and even a dash of glittery sparkle here and there.

The hemlines ran the gamut, too. From the ultra-super-short, to the so-long-they-brushed-the-floor, dresses came in all lengths, and each one had something special about it. One through line of the show was the cutout style dresses, which looked like little doilies but couture-level doilies. This show was full of life and fun, and felt very expansive, given its venue. I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of Valentino looks from this show on red carpets in months to come.

 

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Rick Owens

American fashion designer Rick Owens may be a California native, but his avant-garde looks are always very at home in Paris, and his Spring-Summer 2024 show was no exception. The designer’s shows tend to be very theatrical and over-the-top, and this latest collection, described by Bustle as “post-apocalyptic dressing,” was full of jumpsuits and other end-of-the-world looks like sheer masks and outfits that had horns for shoulders.

As for the theatrical elements, plumes of smoke danced in the air as models debuted the collection. Given the height of some of their heels, and the long black dresses, it’s something short of a miracle that all the models walked so elegantly and gracefully.

Givenchy

Givenchy is another classic French luxury fashion house, like Dior and Louis Vuitton. Founded in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy, the house has been a mainstay on the fashion scene since its debut. It’s perhaps best known for the iconic looks from the house featured in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn, and Givenchy remains famous for those classic, clean, tailored looks that scream “elegance.” And the Spring-Summer 2024 show fit that bill of classic, tailored elegance.

The show was held at L’École Militaire in Paris, and stars like Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall sat in the front row for the Givenchy runway show. The collection was a beautiful mix of classic and contemporary, and it featured lots of stunning eveningwear looks, which will likely pop up at awards shows in months to come. Browns, blues, and blacks – along with a dash of greens and creams – were the primary color palette. Bold blue flowers printed on some of the sheer dresses made for a very garden-y feel.

 

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Maison Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli, like Rick Owens, is known and celebrated for its theatrical and dramatic looks. Model Kendall Jenner had a scene-stealing moment during the show. She walked down the runway in a dress made of fake red fingernails!

The dress also featured sequins, and it was a total hit. Jenner’s look closed the show in dramatic fashion, and with expertly crafted PR planning, too. At the Schiaparelli show was Jenner’s sister, Kylie, on hand to support Kendall. Other looks that captivated onlookers like Kylie included a model whose entire face and neckline was covered in clear crystals.

The Schiaparelli show, and all the other stunning runway shows from the latest Paris Fashion Week, proved to be a success and got people talking, inspired, and excited for what’s ahead in the fashion world.

 

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.